Amazing Deal Alert: Round-trip to Moscow $314, Istanbul $408

For amazing deals like these, be sure to follow TPG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow our special TPG Alerts twitter feed. Delta is offering some amazing fares to Russia and Turkey from several U.S. locations. Delta.com is currently showing plenty of heavily discounted availability this winter and spring for flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg from $314, and to Istanbul from $408….

Should I Change My Loyalty from Delta to American?

TPG reader Kane emailed me to ask: “I’m considering a switch from Delta to American, and came across your blog post from two years ago about your dilemma making the change. I was wondering what your thoughts are now that US Airways is merging with American, and considering all the recent changes Delta has made….

Delta One-Way Awards, Alaska Award Sale, Bonus Aeroplan Miles

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Delta One-Way Awards Now Bookable As of January 1, 2015, you can…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Most Exciting New Airline Routes To Fly In 2015

As 2015 is only a few days away, a new year means new airline routes to fly, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look into upcoming airline schedules and round up a few of the most exciting. Airline routes and frequencies change all the time, and while that can be…

Will MQDs Count Toward 2014 if I Buy Now and Fly Next Year?

TPG reader Milagros sent me a message on Facebook asking: “If I buy a ticket today (in 2014) for a flight in January 2015, do those MQDs count toward 2014 or 2015?”  In 2014 Delta instituted a Medallion Qualifying Dollar program, which means that you need to spend a certain amount on Delta ticketed flights in…

Delta Pay With Miles Tickets Will Now Earn SkyMiles in 2015

Amidst a snowstorm of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program in 2015, one good flurry has appeared from out of the clear blue sky. Historically, only first and business class tickets booked with Delta Pay With Miles—a payment option that allows Delta SkyMiles Amex cardholders (e.g., the Gold and Reserve versions) to redeem SkyMiles for all or part of…

What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at Delta Medallion status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week,…

Delta Baggage Handler Arrested for Gun Smuggling on Planes

The TSA has a long list of items you can’t bring aboard a plane, such as sharp objects, explosives and firearms, but apparently, a Delta baggage handler and a former co-worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) didn’t get the last part of this message. According to an affidavit released December 19, 2014, both men have been arrested by federal agents on allegations…